“Besides that, enjoy the new year and let’s hope for a better 2022,” he said. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told the parties that they should “avoid the mosh grave”.
“Do not wrap up in large, dense numbers. That’s common sense, ”he said.
Dozens of partygoers to NYE in the Park, a music festival to take place in Camperdown on Friday, tried to read their tickets in the days leading up to the event, while tippers with tickets to Field Day, which took place in the Domain on Saturday, questioned know why the event took place.
A spokesman for Fuzzy, the company that runs Field Day, said proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test was required to enter, with an onsite testing facility to be set up for patrons who required the test.
“But in addition to the above, we urge all patrons regardless of vaccination status to take a quick antigen test before attending Field Day and to wear a mask,” the spokesman said, adding that it was an outdoor event and had reduced its capacity in accordance with public health injunctions.
The organizers of NYE in the Park are taking similar measures, including encouraging mask wearing and the requirement to either be double-vaccinated or have a negative test result within 48 hours of the event. COVID-positive people will not be allowed at any of the events.
Australian Medical Association NSW Vice President Andrew Zuschmann said music festivals were “definitely high-risk events”, despite being outside.
“If you dance in your own patch, it will be pretty safe, but if you dance and put people next to you and share a vape, it will increase the risk,” said Dr. Zuschmann.
Before their New Year’s event at Petersham’s Oxford Tavern, Jason Winston and Jonny Hawkins of DJ duo The Dollar Bin Darlings said the state government had shifted all responsibility to the event organizers.
‘I can fully understand why people are scared and confused right now. “It has not been a gentle landing in Omicron, it has been pressured on us and people may not want to be in a lockdown, but they want clear rules and guidelines,” Mr Hawkins said.
“For the NSW Health website to say that they deter dance floors, but technically letting them go on is a strange warning that does not protect people.”
The event will require proof of a negative RAT result upon entry, QR check-in at entrance, proof of vaccination, masks when interacting with bar staff and will shift the event in stages to limit the potential for a super-spreader event.
Health worker Bonnie Rowswell has requested a refund from New Year’s In The Park after her employer asked all major health professionals to refrain from attending major events during the holiday season.
She originally booked tickets for the event with six of her colleagues to celebrate the end of a trying year in which she worked on the front line, but the group has chosen instead to celebrate as a “low-key” group of six.
“The words I live by at the moment relate to most COVID-19 guidelines and they are ‘just because you can, does not mean you should’,” Mrs Rowswell said.
A spokesman for the NSW government said the government had previously announced an Event Saver Fund “to provide immediate support to organizers whose major events are canceled or severely disrupted by public health orders.”
“The government continues to explore long-term solutions to address the issues that event organizers face in relation to COVID-related cancellations,” the spokesman said.